Welcome to the personal webpage of Dr. Shelley Rap, a researcher in the Chemistry Group of the Department of Science Teaching at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
The group, headed by Prof. Ron Blonder, leads research and professional development frameworks for chemistry teachers, as well as curriculum development. In addition, the group develops theoretical models, investigates and conducts a wide range of teachers’ professional development activities, and integrates state-of-the-art technologies into chemistry teaching.
Within the group, my research aims at exploring innovative methods to enhance chemistry education and integrate technology into teaching practices. With a primary focus on supporting students to become future responsible citizens involved in tackling global challenges, such as climate change, my research actively investigates the intersection of chemistry education and sustainable solutions. In addition, I co-lead the Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) of chemistry teachers. My research encompasses the development of cutting-edge pedagogical approaches, utilizing emerging technologies, as well as designing and enhancing curricula in order to foster a deep understanding of chemistry concepts and their practical applications in day-to-day life.